Processing Archivist (D.C. Africana Archives Project)
Posting Number: Fac/Lib000581
Academic Title: Processing Archivist (D.C. Africana Archives Project)
Administrative Title: Processing Archivist (D.C. Africana Archives Project)
Contract Type: Librarian
Proposed Start Date: 07/01/2014
Position Description Summary:
The George Washington University Libraries seeks a highly motivated, energetic and innovative entry-level or early career archivist to serve as Processing Archivist for the D.C. Africana Archives Project (DCAAP). A project funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The chosen candidate will directly oversee processing of 125-150 archival collections documenting African American and African Diaspora life and culture in Washington D.C. This is a full time, grant-funded, temporary appointment for 30 months.
The George Washington University Libraries and The George Washington University
Located four blocks from the White House, The George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. The University offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business, and international affairs. The George Washington University Libraries (GW Libraries) value and foster flexibility, creativity and openness to new ideas for all staff. The GW Libraries are committed to and support development, training and professional service.
Thanks to generous funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the George Washington University Libraries will partner with the District of Columbia Archives, Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., the National Museum of American History’s Archives Center, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to significantly enhance access to 125-150 unprocessed archival collections. Washington, D.C. boasts many impressive African American and African Diaspora history collections, but a large number of them are unprocessed or lack adequate cataloging, making them difficult to access or use. Over 30 months, the key objectives of this project will be to enhance discovery of these collections by improving cataloging, arrangement and description, and creating a centralized database for the public to access collection finding aids. DCAAP funding will also support preservation workshops for small collecting institutions and the development of academic courses for undergraduate and K-12 students through the George Washington University's Africana Studies Program and the School Without Walls, one of the D.C. Public Schools. The DCAAP home will be the George Washington University.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
This highly collaborative project requires a full-time Processing Archivist to provide day-to-day oversight of processing activities at all six partner sites to fully process 125-150 collections. The Processing Archivist will directly supervise up to 9 graduate student processing assistants. The Processing Archivist will be responsible for developing and maintaining positive and productive relationships with all partner institutions and in collaboration with the Project Director, will develop project guidelines for cataloging, arrangement and description of collections, and recruit, hire and train the processing assistants.
Master's degree in Library and Information Science with significant course work in archives and special collections management or Master's degree in Archives and Records Management. Other graduate degrees will be considered if candidates can demonstrate the required archives processing experience.
Minimum of two years of experience processing archival collections as a professional or graduate student.
Knowledge of EAD, MARC, DACS, or other descriptive and data structure standards.
Knowledge of basic principles of preservation of paper and born digital collections.
Advertised Salary: $47,000
Experience managing large scale processing projects.
Experience developing and implementing processing training.
Experience appraising archival collections.
Experience developing processing plans.
Experience working with or supervising student processing assistants.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment with a broad range of people from diverse backgrounds.
Experience managing collections in tools such as Archivists’ Toolkit or ArchivesSpace.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Application Procedure: Review of applications will begin on May 23, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. To be considered, please upload a cover letter that includes an assessment of skills related to basic qualifications, and curriculum vitae.
The University and department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among librarians and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.
Posting Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
The George Washington University is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action Employer.
Quick Link http://www.gwu.jobs:80/postings/21580
Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- * Do you have either a Master's degree in Library and Information Science with significant course work in archives and special collections management; a Master's degree in Archives and Records Management or another graduate degree and archives processing experience?
- * Do you have a minimum two years of experience processing archival collections as a professional or graduate student?
- * Do you have knowledge of EAD, MARC, DACS, or other descriptive and data structure standards?
- * Do you have knowledge of basic principles of preservation of paper and born digital collections?
- Curriculum Vitae
- Cover Letter
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